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Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) combines cognitive behavioral therapy with mindfulness to aid in emotional management, interpersonal relationships, and stress. It aims to achieve emotional balance, self-acceptance, and effective coping strategies, making it particularly beneficial for individuals with overwhelming emotions affecting relationships and daily functioning.

Dialectical Behavior Therapy at Wholesome Mind Psychiatry in Mansfield, TX

​Dialectical Behavior Therapy
​Dynamics of Dialectical Behavior Therapy

Dynamics of Dialectical Behavior Therapy

The term "Dialectical" in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) symbolizes a thoughtful balance between welcoming change and learning acceptance. It’s about empowering you to embrace your emotions, thoughts, and actions while simultaneously navigating toward positive changes in life.

DBT intricately weaves cognitive-behavioral strategies with the art of mindfulness, aiming to harmonize your thoughts and feelings. Mindfulness is all about living in the moment – it’s a practice of being acutely aware of your thoughts, feelings, and environment, all while maintaining a non-judgmental stance.

This practice becomes a cornerstone in managing emotional turmoil, helping you to anchor yourself in the 'here and now.'

In DBT, individuals cultivate the ability to be present, accepting their current reality, all the while striving for constructive changes.

How Dialectical Behavior Therapy Works

During your DBT sessions, your therapist may focus on the following skills:

  • Mindfulness
    Your provider will teach you ways to stay in the moment by learning to observe experiences without judging them. Understanding and practicing mindfulness sets the stage to be able to use newly learned skills effectively.

  • Distress Tolerance
    This skill emphasizes the importance of accepting current situations and emotions, rather than trying to change them immediately. Your Optimal Mind Psychiatry therapist can then work with you on practical coping mechanisms to employ in real-world scenarios to ease emotional pain and discomfort.

  • Emotion Regulation
    You’ll practice how to understand, accept, and manage your own emotions. The goal here is not to bury your emotions, but to recognize and own your feelings without being controlled by them.

  • Interpersonal Effectiveness
    We will coach you to communicate and interact more effectively with others. So that you can maintain healthy, positive relationships.

​How Dialectical Behavior Therapy Works

Benefits of DBT

DBT is beneficial for those who have difficulty regulating and developing skills for constructively managing distress. Some of the many benefits of DBT include:

  • Becoming more self-aware and self-accepting

  • Learning to manage difficult, intense emotions

  • Improving communication skills

  • Learning effective coping strategies

  • Improving interpersonal relationships

  • Reducing negative thought patterns and behaviors

  • Developing better problem-solving skills

  • Increasing motivation and focus

  • Overall improved mental health

By learning the skills taught in DBT, individuals can gain a greater sense of control over their emotions, relationships, and lives.​

Conditions DBT can help treat

DBT has been found to be an effective treatment for a number of mental health conditions, including:

​Conditions DBT can help treat

With our certified providers by your side, you're not alone in facing mental health challenges.

Your well-being is our mission!

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